Highly desirable sports cars that only appear in collector millionaire’s garages are brutally but artistically shattered, as they appear frozen in this series of images by artist Fabian Oefner. The Swiss gentleman whose colorful work we featured before took apart 3 iconic models from sports car anthology; a 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé, a 1961 Jaguar E-Type, and a 1962 Ferrari GTO. Certainly all super cars that you would not dare make a scratch or ding on, much more explode in such a violent fashion. So how did Oefner do his trick of so artistically disintegrating each dream vehicle?
Quite painstakingly is the answer. First, it does not take a genius to guess that scale models were involved here, and not the real racers. Oefner took apart scale models (but very detailed ones) of these sports cars and photographed the parts individually. Yes you read that right, piece by piece, part by part. With the magic of digital, he then ‘arranged’ them to ingeniously produce the images that look as if the actual car is exploding, and he was there with his camera at the precise moment! Oefner talked about his sleight of hand for the deceiving pictures.
“What you see in these images, is a moment that never existed in real life,” he said. “What looks like a car falling apart is in fact a moment in time that has been created artificially by blending hundreds of individual images together.”
The result: the classic Mercedes, Ferrari and Jaguar all exploding into smithereens. Quite predictably, the series is entitled Disintegrating. Just to give you an idea of how much meticulous work this entailed, each image took weeks just to create. No car, even the scale models were really ever ‘disintegrated.’ Oefner had this more to say. “The images could be called the slowest high speed images ever captured. It took almost three weeks to create an image that looks as if it was captured in a fraction of a second.”
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